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S. Sudan’s Kiir announces plans to reform army, civil service


January 23, 2014 (RUMBEK) - South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has announced that he plans to begin implementing reforms in all government sectors within the coming days, starting with commissions and ministries where new appointees will be named to replace those who have deserted their post during the more than month-long conflict.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has announced plans to reform all government sectors (Photo: AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

Reforms will also be carried out in the Anti-Corruption Commission and judiciary, with the country’s leadership to scrutinise SPLM structures as well the national army (SPLA), said Kiir.

Kiir made the announcement at a briefing on Wednesday to diplomats and members of the media in the capital, Juba.

During the briefing, Kiir also called on Machar to lay down his weapons and return to rebuilding the country.

Kiir’s comments came ahead of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities reached on Thursday after the South Sudanese government agreed to release the 11 pro-Machar political figures who remain in detention in connection to their role in an alleged failed coup plot to overthrow the government.


Kiir urged South Sudanese in all states to learn to live together in peaceful coexistence.

Violence spread throughout the country following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards in Juba on 15 December, with Machar accused of masterminding the alleged failed coup attempt.

The conflict has increasingly divided along tribal lines, with forces loyal to Kiir, a Dinka, and pro-Machar rebels from the Nuer ethnic group fighting for control of key areas.

During his briefing, Kiir accused troops loyal to Machar of committing grave human rights abuses, including the targeted killing of civilians, while urging both sides to exercise restraint.

“Anybody who thinks that they are my supporter, they are supporting me, they should not touch any person; they should not touch any property of any person. If you just kill people in my name, then my image will be gone. If you do it also on the side of Riek Machar, then you are burying us alive”, said Kiir.

“Politically, we will not surface as good leaders in South Sudan, and so it is better that people forgive one another. If you are from [the] Dinka tribe, whatever Dinka you come from, it will be your own crime that you will have to be charged for”, he added.

The continued detention of the senior politicians proved a sticking point during ceasefire negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“There will be [an] amnesty for the political detainees, after investigations - when the investigations are done, they will know which article they are being charged with because they will be taken to court so that each one of them faces his case. So, there is room for the forgiveness of the people who are suspects under arrest if law chapters are fulfilled”, Kiir said on Wednesday.


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  • 24 January 2014 06:15, by michael coma

    President Kiir you are really leader of people but your greedy brothers like Riek doesn’t know your faithfulness and love of nation.Forgive those of detainees but don’t forgive Riek or if you don’t do so,we Buor will not forgive Riek and his disable called Hassein Maar and Duop Lam.

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    • 24 January 2014 06:34, by Joseph Canada

      The people’s leader my bottom!! He must be for those who accept theft , nepotism and corruption as part of the governance

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      • 24 January 2014 07:42, by choldit

        It becomes clearer that the fight is selectively for the Nuer tribe for Dinka tribal leader Mrs. Kirr Museveni. Why reforming army n civil service at middle of war? Why did all Nuer civil servants and armies left their jobs n went to UNMISS CMPD and other countries around the world? Can Kirr really missed the answer for this questions. Does Kirr want them stay n got kill by his tribal militias?

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        • 24 January 2014 08:08, by Yuol

          Choldit, who is fighting? i only know those who are in hiding and one of them is Dr. Riek the bodaboda man who escape Juba

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      • 24 January 2014 07:49, by choldit

        Cont.. Kirr u can’t force pple to come back to Juba by threatening them with their jobs while u can’t protect them from ur tribal militias. This is a childish plan like the rest. Ur tribal militias in SPLA are hunting for their Nuer colleagues under ur command with impunity yet u think the Nuer SPLA under u can’t run for their live. What a naive thinking? Paul Malong Awan has tried many times to

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      • 24 January 2014 08:00, by choldit

        Cont.. attack one of ur Nuer supporter’s home by name Thomas Duoth Guet n have attacked many locations where Nuer SPLA-Kirr supporters live in Juba but u never stop Paul Malong Awan or Aleu A. Aleu in their missions of executing the Nuer still believe in u. How dare u come up today talking about reforming structures b4 u can put in place protection mechanism? U need to anticipate what other

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      • 24 January 2014 08:08, by choldit

        Cont. options the Nuer as a tribe can resort to. This war as we all know is not only a political war. It is fight by the Nuer becoze u massacred their relatives in Juba without a reason. Suppose but I am not saying, Dr. Machar made a coupe on 15/12/2013, does that means innocent Nuer who know nothing about the coupe legitimate target of ur tribal militias in the way u saw?

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        • 24 January 2014 08:12, by Yuol

          Choldit, you need to shut your filthy mouth of course you are not Nuer.

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          • 24 January 2014 08:36, by choldit

            This is not a Nuer war alone. It is a war force on all ss pple but the first step was to liquidated the Dinka’s threat, the Nuer n some Dinka sub tribes like DINKA Bor and Azande tribe becoze Azande always stands with Nuer, recall the colonial war. Also Acholi are targeted by Dinka after Nuer. There is unclear type of relationship btwn Nuer and Acholi which the current EE is trying harder to ruin

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      • 24 January 2014 08:14, by choldit

        If I were u, which can’t be of course, I shld be rushing to apologise to the Nuer as a tribe for massacring innocent Nuer in Juba. U can blame it on maltrained tribal militias coated as republic guard and stop continuing war on the Nuer as a tribe by replacing them with ur loyalist from other tribes!!!!

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    • 24 January 2014 06:38, by Tut Tut

      Friend: This is a deceitful tactic set against the very truce just signed in Ethiopia. If you look at it critically, you cannot just miss to see that the plan is set to further divide the political camps or try to buy favor among those detainees on ethnic lines. And I wonder what makes this tribal president a real leader for you. How can plan to reform the army and civil service be done now?

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      • 24 January 2014 07:10, by Mapuor

        The current mess was planned over the eight years, and those who planned it, should be held responsible for all the atrocities committed by both sides.Warnings were always given to them to stop thinking of toppling the government by sabotage,corruption,dissemination of subversive literature,ignition of ethnic hatred,use of SPLA to wage a coup etc but they did not respond to those warnings

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      • 24 January 2014 07:58, by Yuol

        Tut, who do we wait for? after all Nuer always pave their ways there is nothing called organization in Nuer language. Kiir had to go ahead

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        • 24 January 2014 09:06, by Tut Tut

          Yuol, if there is no one to wait for per you question, then you need to ask yourself why Ugandan Troops in S.Sudan? Museveni wives must wait for those superiors whom they are protected from. In terms of organization, you still need to ask your little self who is signing a deal with who since there must be two organized sides to make a deal. In that your question is typically shallow.

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    • 24 January 2014 06:44, by Wicdail

      Hahahahah--- Who is this fool to forgives anyway? Kirr should read books so that he can communicate like a head of state. He is trying to cover the crimes he committed against Nuer civilians and his political opponents with those cheap talk. Who will wast his/her times to listen you fool?

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    • 24 January 2014 07:29, by Mike Mike

      That is how a born leader talks to at least bring his people that were been divided by war become together to stay in peace.This event which had been continuing for a month long took away many lives of the people and this is not the right time to kill our people again when we have a country of our own.That doesn’t show good image on our leaders u can’t be a good leader if u used to killed your ppl

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  • 24 January 2014 06:29, by The rock

    release the detainees n see what they gonna do to you, this fighting will never stop our president is encouraging this so call rebellion, killing innocent people in cold blooded wait n see Mr. kiir

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    • 24 January 2014 06:50, by Tut Tut

      Friend: Your tribal president have no choice than releasing these political detainees. Meaning the regional body and international community have trashed the silly notion of coup since the Nuer genocide has nothing to do with the stupid claim of coup. Now Museveni has been given 72 hours to leave S.Sudan or else. With your husband leaving, then you are now orphan in front freedom fighters.

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  • 24 January 2014 06:56, by Mapuor

    Mr president the whole nation is behind you.Go on reforming all institutions including the SPLA which was used by those of Oyai Deng,Majak Agot,Mathok Geng,and others to weaken your government.Corruption is being nurtured by people who wanted to over throw your government,deal away with them,no mercy this time.Tit for tat is the only remedy.

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    • 24 January 2014 07:47, by Tut Tut

      Mapuor:You might have a radical deficit to understand the meaning of the term "whole" which is the combination of parts.It seems your tribal government has radical misunderstanding of the essence of the nation per se. Since this is the real fact, then committing genocide against Nuer as a society is a pride for you.But the fact is, S.Sudan is seriously tainted by the innocent blood in Juba.

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  • 24 January 2014 07:28, by ahme adam

    The next step is to refer those killed Nuers to International criminal court, scores of Nuers were burned, raped and butchered and choped by Dinka across the country

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    • 24 January 2014 08:42, by Wicdail

      The chapter is almost close. This damb president is done. Just matter of time before he will be no more. The question is, which country he going to spend the rest of his sorry life, in case if he will be still alive within this short periode of time?

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  • 24 January 2014 10:21, by Marco Bul

    Salva Kiiriminal
    Hahaha.Reforming the army after what?? You will never make a live-saving decision unless you replace your "advisors" with Dinka Bor.You current advisors are careless and arrogant.If we would have allowed Nuer to match onto Juba,it could have been a different story.Keep on suspecting us and we will be neutral.

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  • 24 January 2014 10:34, by Sudan virus

    They (political detainees) Missed lead the country purposely for two reasons:
    1.To build wealth through corruption and
    2.To over throw the elected president by saying he failed the country.
    The president is not the government.Actual the government is lead by the ruling party ( a party is not one person)which is the SPLM at the moment.

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  • 24 January 2014 10:41, by Ambago

    My friend Presid. Kiir. Listen sir, the word reform is even tired of over usage by you. Do you not feel ashamed to proclaim such a thing when you have for over the last 8 years failed dramatically in making any reforms.
    Was the appointment Teny Awek as your spokesperson , Judge Chan to the Judiciary, and Koryoum to the Bank of South Sudan all from Warrap a sign of reforms in any way!?

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  • 24 January 2014 10:50, by Ambago

    Nothing needs reforming in South Sudan more than the presidency. As for you my friend Salvatore Mayar, you can not be a part of any reforms to come. For it is more a secret that you yourself have personally become too deformed to be reformed!
    Why not just call it quits man! You have already run out of ideas and that’s true. What next after your Gelweng and the genocidaire Tribal Guards!

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